1. What is your recipe?
“Fattigmanns (Poor Man’s Cookies)”
Recipe from Clara Batton Smith
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons thickened cream
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon brandy
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
Beat yolks, sugar and cream together really well.
Add cardamon and brandy.
Slowly blend in the flour.
There is a special fattigmann cutting tool but you can roll out the dough and cut it in diamond shapes. Cut a slit in the middle of the diamond and tuck the end of the fattigmann through the slit. (you can skip that part if it’s too fiddly).
Deep fry in hot (and this part my Nana was very insistent on) lard for about 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
Sprinkle icing sugar on top.
2. What is it about this recipe that you love?
I pretty much love any sort of fried dough. Donuts, funnel cake, beignets – all yum!
3. How did you learn to make this recipe?
I was only 8 when my Norwegian Nana passed away but I feel like I knew her much longer from all the stories that were passed down about her. She had soldiers stationed near her home over for family lunch every Sunday, she was firm but kind and always, ALWAYS wore high heels even when doing housework. My dad most lovingly talked about her fattigmanns. Unfortunately she never wrote down recipes so it’s been a lifetime of trying to get my fattigmanns just like my Nana’s. I’m still trying!
4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the recipe.
Now I make them with my kids and since my dad has also passed away
this recipe keeps me close to those I love even if they are no longer with me.
5. What are your social media sites?
Facebook: Elliott’s Playground